Applied Kinesiology is a system for evaluating body function, as a whole, and is unique in the healing arts. In AK, muscle testing can be specifically used, not only to evaluate the power of one muscle but rather determine how the nervous system is functioning. This technique helps your doctor determine the best form of therapy for you. AK integrates many complimentary therapies designed to improve your overall function and improve any dysfunctions. These include specific structural adjustments; such as dural, structural, cranial adjustments and/or muscle reactivity; such as trigger point therapy, fascial manipulation, stretch, and sequential muscle patterning.
Cranial Release is a gentle, non-invasive treatment that is appropriate for people of all ages and carries exceptional results for infants, expecting mothers, the elderly, and people who carry a lot of stress, emotional or physical. This specific method is used to restore proper alignment and movement to the cranial bones, thus impacting the nervous system.
We incorporate cranial release in our treatments to gain better results, indirectly affecting the nervous system. This technique is very beneficial in conditions for general body stresses, aches, immune system function, headaches, and overall wellness.
Our brain, nerves, and spinal cord are surrounded by what is called "dural sheath". This dural sheath is strong and flexible, allowing for protection and cushion in the structures it surrounds. The nerves and the spinal cord, in contrast, have no elasticity though they naturally have slack to allow for free movement of the body. If the dural sheath is restricted and pinched or "hung up" on adhesions (scar tissue from an injury) then normal movements of twisting and bending can cause pain in the body, not necessarily at the point of origin.
Chronic pain and unexplained pain from an injury can be assessed for a stretching type of dural manipulation and used to release the tension from any scar tissue built up over time. It is especially effective for people having trouble regaining mobility after their injury has plateaued in its healing.
Sequential Muscle Patterns
Sequential Muscle Testing is used to test the interrelatedness of the muscles. The muscle testing depends on patterns of motion that can be thought of as the “blueprints of motion”; for instance, there are patterns for walking, for throwing a ball, for posture control while seated, and so on. This approach differs significantly from traditional muscle testing, which focuses on one muscle at a time. However, by testing only one muscle at a time, the individual muscles may indeed be working fine – but muscles don’t work in a vacuum. Muscles work in relation to other muscles–rather more like an orchestral movement than a train rolling on a track. For instance, the way the big toe flexes and how a person holds her head up while walking are inter-related.
The line pattern system was developed to uncover nervous system dysfunctions in communication within the the brain to the rest of the body. When visually stimulating ocular motor nerves (eyes) with certain line patterns, we then associate this with the brain function and how it is communicating with the rest of the body. Each line pattern carries its own specific exercises that can help rehabilitate the miscommunication that your body is having. As opposed to exercises that build muscular strength, these exercises retrain the nervous system to improve coordinated function of the muscles.